Over representation and disproportionality

Addressing the disproportionate representation of children from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups is a priority for the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales. This section includes examples of the work being undertaken by different agencies to address ethnic disproportionality in the youth justice system.

This page provides examples of programmes, interventions, reports, guidance, tools and templates on the work to address overrepresentation of children within the criminal justice system.  Examples have been provided by YOTS and other key partners within the criminal justice system.

Summary:  A step-by-step guide for lawyers on representing children that are looked after.      Description: The Howard League for Penal Reform and the Youth Justice Legal Centre at Just for Kids Law have worked together to produce representing looked-after children at the police station guide. The guide offers advice on practical steps that lawyers should take to ensure that…
Summary: Attached below is a briefing from YCS concerning supporting children who are Black, Asian or have specific cultural or religious needs.      Description: Youth Custody Service have produced a variety of Effective Practice Briefings, which have been produced by the YCS Quality Development Team. the briefings are based on up to date evidence and engagement with children, staff…
Summary:  Attached below is briefing from YCS concerning supporting children from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.        Description:Youth Custody Service have produced a variety of Effective Practice Briefings, which have been produced by the YCS Quality Development Team. the briefings are based on up to date evidence and engagement with children, staff and key stakeholders. They provide concise and…
Summary:  Attached below is briefing from YCS concerning supporting children who are Muslim.    Description:Youth Custody Service have produced a variety of Effective Practice Briefings, which have been produced by the YCS Quality Development Team. the briefings are based on up to date evidence and engagement with children, staff and key stakeholders. They provide concise and easily accessible advice and…
Summary: Attached is the desistance and diversity plan created by Barnet Local Authority partners.      Description: Attached below Barnet Youth Offending Service desistence and diversity action plan to support better outcomes for all children. The attached is one of the appendices in the Youth Justice Plan.     Implementing the practice: The action plan was co-produced with all relevant…
Summary: Attached is the link to London Councils good practice case studies for tackling disproportionality in schools.     Description: Local authorities in London, working with schools and other partners, have established and are developing innovative practices and initiatives to improve the schooling experience and attainment of disadvantaged children. London Councils, has published Collection of good practice in schools across Lambeth,…
Summary:  Attached are the slides and link to the recording of the YJB live session from the over-representation of children in the youth justice system.     Description:In November 2020, Islington Youth Offending Service, Blackburn with Darwen Youth Justice Service and YJB colleagues run the YJB Live session on over-representation of children in the youth justice system was run together…
Summary: Link to the joint housing protocol for care leavers to help reduce homelessness.   The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government together with Department for Education have published a the following guidance: Joint housing protocols for care leavers: good practice advice to support councils to help ensure care leavers have the stable homes they need and prevent them…
Summary:  Link to the GLA inclusive employers toolkit, which aims to help employers to increase recruitment, retention and progression of Black man within their workforce.     Description:  Greater London Authority have published the Inclusive Employers Toolkit: Young Black men in construction and technology. The toolkit aims to help companies increase recruitment, retention and progression of young Black men within their…
Summary: Attached is Tower Hamlets and City of London YJS toolkit, which is used at their management board to help identify and challenge disproportionality. Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Aim: Help highlight, track and challenge some key disproportionality concerns in Tower Hamlets and City of London YJS and partners     Description: The attached below Excel document…
‘None of us can fail to have been touched by the death of George Floyd and the renewed focus that it has rightly given to racism and discrimination. The Youth Justice Board has consistently set the tackling of disproportionality as a strategic priority and we know that there is much more to be done. For us, this will continue with…
Summary: Link to Young Advisors Report produced by Leaders Unlocked which identifies some of the experiences of young adults that have been through the CJS.     Leaders Unlocked, have published Young Advisors Report, which was co-produced by Leaders Unlocked and young adults with first-hand experience of the criminal justice system. This report is based on peer-led engagement with over…
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